Lauren Graham

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Lauren Graham
Lauren Graham August 2014.jpg
Graham at the 2014 Voice Awards
Born Lauren Helen Graham
(1967-03-16) March 16, 1967 (age 49)
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Alma mater Barnard College
Southern Methodist University
Occupation Actress, novelist
Years active 1995–present
Partner(s) Peter Krause (2010–present)

Lauren Helen Graham (born March 16, 1967) is an American actress and novelist. She is best known for playing Lorelai Gilmore on the WB drama series Gilmore Girls and as Sarah Braverman on the NBC series Parenthood.

Early life[edit]

Lauren Graham was born on March 16, 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her mother, Donna Grant, was a fashion buyer, and her father, Lawrence Graham, is a candy industry lobbyist[1] who has been president of the National Confectioners Association.[2][3] Graham was raised in her father's Catholic faith (her maternal grandfather was a Baptist minister);[4] she is of Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry.[5][6] When Graham's father worked for the Agency for International Development in Vietnam, Lauren lived for a few years in Japan (her mother also grew up there, as the daughter of a missionary).[7] Graham was five years old when her parents divorced and she moved to Alexandria, Virginia with her father, who became a congressional staffer, while her mother left to pursue an artistic career,[8] and lived in London until her death at age 61.[9][10] Graham has a half-sister and a half-brother from her father's second marriage and a British half-sister, Shade Grant, from her mother's second marriage, who works at a talent agency.[9][11]

As a girl, Graham rode horses competitively, but soon switched to acting,[12] honing her talent at Langley High School, where she took part in the drill team and graduated in 1984.[13] She earned her actor's Equity Card in 1988[14] after two years in summer stock at the Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan. Graham graduated from Barnard College in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature.[15][16] After moving to Texas in 1992, Graham earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting Performance from Southern Methodist University.[17]

Career[edit]

1994–99: Beginnings[edit]

After completing her education, Graham moved back to New York City where she earned her living as a waitress and tutor teaching SAT test prep for The Princeton Review.[9][15] While she aspired to become an actress, she made publicity appearances wearing the costume of Striker, the dog mascot of the US-based 1994 FIFA World Cup.[9] In 1995, she relocated to Hollywood. She appeared in various commercials for products such as Dimetapp and Lean Cuisine and hosted free preview weekends on The Movie Channel.[citation needed]

In addition to her many guest starring and co-starring roles on prime-time television, Graham starred in four failed sitcoms, including Townies (with Molly Ringwald and Jenna Elfman), the short-lived sitcom Lush Life (with Lori Petty and Karyn Parsons), and M.Y.O.B, which was burned off by NBC in the summer months before the premiere of Gilmore Girls. Between 1996 and 1997, Graham became a regular guest star on several hit NBC shows. She played a graduate student who caught the eye of Dick on 3rd Rock from the Sun, Richard's overly-optimistic girlfriend on Caroline in the City, and Jerry's speed-dial ranking girlfriend on Seinfeld. She played a Hollywood producer who had a love interest in Rey Curtis in a three-part episode of Law & Order, where she acted opposite Scott Cohen, who would later play one of Graham's love interests, Max Medina, on Gilmore Girls. She also portrayed an antagonizing but friendship-starved efficiency expert on Newsradio.

2000–08:Gilmore Girls and film roles[edit]

Graham at the Evan Almighty premiere, 2007

In 2000, Graham landed her breakthrough role as Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls. For her work she received a nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama) at the 2001 Golden Globe Awards. Beginning with Season 7 episode "To Whom It May Concern" and continuing throughout the rest of the season, Graham served as a producer on Gilmore Girls. TV Guide reported that she received the position in an attempt to persuade her to sign for an eighth season.[18][19]

Graham returned to her guest-starring roots when she portrayed herself in two episodes of NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Graham has also appeared in the second season of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, co-hosted by Dave Foley of Newsradio. After winning her preliminary match, she came in second to another former Newsradio star, Maura Tierney, in the championship game.[20]

Graham's film roles encompass several NYU student films and multiple major studio releases, including Sweet November, Bad Santa, The Pacifier, Because I Said So, and Evan Almighty.

Graham has said that she enjoys playing in short films, and acting in the Williamstown Theatre Festival.[21] She has performed in numerous short films, including the 15-minute-long Gnome. In 2007, Graham signed a seven-figure development deal with NBC in one of the year's richest TV talent pacts.[22] Graham has also worked as the voice-over announcer in national advertising for Kellogg's various Special K products in 2007, and for American Express ads in 2008 introducing the Plum Card, which is targeted towards small and growing businesses.[23]

2009–present: Broadway debut, Parenthood and book deal[edit]

Graham at PaleyFest 2013's panel for Parenthood

Graham made her Broadway debut as Miss Adelaide in the revival of Guys and Dolls, which began preview performances at the Nederlander Theatre on February 5, 2009 and opened on March 1, 2009. Initial reviews for this performance have been mixed, but generally regard her fresh take on the character as a success. The production closed June 14, playing 113 shows and 28 previews.[24][25]

It was announced in January 2009 that Graham would star in the comedy pilot, The Bridget Show (previously Let It Go) for ABC playing a talk show host and self-help guru who fails to follow her own advice during a breakup. However, the pilot was not given a series order.[26][27] On October 9, 2009, it was announced that Graham would replace Maura Tierney in the television series Parenthood as single mother Sarah Braverman. Tierney left the show to seek treatment for cancer.[28] The series debuted on NBC the following year, and was later renewed for a total of six seasons.[citation needed]

In June 2010, it was confirmed that Graham would star in the upcoming Scream 4,[29] but she left the project on June 30, 2010.[30] In July 2012, Graham was a guest judge in the first episode of Season 10 of the reality television series Project Runway.

Graham's debut novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel (2013), a work based on a fictionalization of her experiences in the New York acting scene in the mid-1990s, was released via hardcover, e-book and author-read audiobook formats on April 30, 2013 by the Ballantine Books imprint of Random House.[31] In May 2013, the book entered the New York Times best seller list.[32] Graham signed a deal with Warner Bros. Television and Ellen DeGeneres' production company A Very Good Production to adapt it into a TV series.[33] She will write the script for The CW.[34] Her second book Talking as Fast as I Can: from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) was released on November 29, 2016.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Graham and Krause in February 2008

In 1999, Graham was roommates with actress Connie Britton.[36] Graham dated actor Matthew Perry, whom she met in 2002.[37][38] She has been in a relationship with her Parenthood co-star Peter Krause since 2010.[39] Graham owns an apartment in Manhattan and a house in Los Angeles.[40] Graham remains involved with her Catholic faith by occasionally attending Mass.[41][42] She is a registered Democrat.[41]

Filmography[edit]

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Nightwatch Marie
1998 Confessions of a Sexist Pig Tracy
One True Thing Jules
1999 Dill Scallion Kristie Sue
2001 Sweet November Angelica
2002 Third Wheel, TheThe Third Wheel Woman at Party Uncredited[43]
2003 Bad Santa Sue
2004 Seeing Other People Claire
2005 Lucky 13 Abbey
Life Coach, TheThe Life Coach Dr. Sue Pegasus
Amateurs, TheThe Amateurs Peggy
Pacifier, TheThe Pacifier Principal Claire Fletcher
Gnome Amanda Short film
2007 Because I Said So Dr. Maggie Wilder-Decker
Evan Almighty Joan Baxter
2008 Birds of America Betty Tanager
Flash of Genius Phyllis Kearns
2009 Answer Man, TheThe Answer Man Elizabeth
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Fran Lockwood (voice)
2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story Lynn
2014 A Merry Friggin' Christmas Luann Mitchler
2015 Max Pamela Wincott
2016 Joshy Katee
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life Jules Khatchadorian
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1995–1996 Caroline in the City Shelly 5 episodes
1996 3rd Rock from the Sun Laurie Harris Episode: "Dick's First Birthday"
Good Company Liz Gibson Main role: 6 episodes
Townies Denise Garibaldi Callahan Main role: 15 episodes
1997 Law & Order Lisa Lundquist 3 episodes
Seinfeld Valerie Episode: "The Millennium"
NewsRadio Andrea 4 episodes
1998 Conrad Bloom Molly Davenport Main role: 15 episodes
2000 M.Y.O.B. Opal Marie Brown 4 episodes
2000–2007 Gilmore Girls Lorelai Gilmore Main role: 153 episodes
Also producer (Season 7)
2001 Chasing Destiny Jessy James TV movie
2002 Family Guy Mother Maggie (voice) Episode: "Road to Europe"
2006 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Studio 60 Host (uncredited) Episodes: "The Long Lead Story", "The Wrap Party"
2009 Bridget Show, TheThe Bridget Show Bridget O'Shea Unsold TV pilot
2010–2015 Parenthood Sarah Braverman Main role: 101 episodes
2011 Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Geoff Peterson (voice) Episode: "8.62"
2012 Go On Amy Episode: "Dinner Takes All"
Project Runway Herself Guest judge; episode: "A Times Square Anniversary Party"
2014 Web Therapy Grace Tiverton Episodes: "Smile Through the Pain", "In Angus We Trust"
2015 The Late Late Show Guest Host February 19 episode as part of
show's three-month guest host interregnum
The Odd Couple Gaby Madison Recurring role
Repeat After Me Herself 1 episode
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Lorelai Gilmore 4 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Series Result
2001 Family Television Awards Actress Gilmore Girls Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2002 Golden Globe Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Television Critics Association Award Individual Achievement in Drama Nominated
2003 Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical Nominated
2004 Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical Nominated
2005 People's Choice Awards Favorite Female Television Star Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical Gilmore Girls Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Parental Units Won
2006 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Parental Units Won
Television Critics Association Award Outstanding Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Parental Units Parenthood Nominated
2013 Prism Awards Performance for a Drama Episode Nominated

References[edit]

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